The Russians are coming, the Russians are coming! The movie title of 41 years ago seems fitting to describe at least the perception of what is contributing to the current uptick in the large-cabin segment of the used aircraft market. Tales of aircraft selling to Russians at extraordinarily high prices have begun to capture the attention of the market.
Aviation International News » June 2007
Agusta A109A II, Edmonds, Wash., Sept. 29, 2005–The NTSB could not determine the reason for loss of control during the maneuvering flight, which resulted in “an in-flight collision with water.” The helicopter was returning to base at night, over the ocean. It followed the coastline at 800 feet msl, then turned away from the shore at about 9:13 p.m.
Beech C99, Butte, Mont., March 18, 2006–The NTSB attributed the Ameriflight cargo airplane’s crash into mountains to the copilot’s failure to follow the published instrument approach procedure and the captain/PIC’s inadequate supervision. Factors in the accident were snow and mountain obscuration. In addition, IMC in the area included icing conditions and poor visibility.
Eurocopter AS 350-B3, Apache Junction, Ariz., Dec. 14, 2004–The NTSB could not determine the reason for the loss of control the PHI AS 350 experienced on its final approach. The pilot was attempting to land in a parking lot to pick up an accident victim. The helicopter overflew the landing area in right turns, and during its final approach at 100 feet agl it became unstable.
Bombardier CRJ (CL-600-2D24), Las Vegas, April 30, 2006–Northwest Airlines ground service personnel failed to set the parking brake properly on the lead baggage cart, which crashed into a Mesa Airlines CRJ taxiing for departure at McCarran International Airport, the NTSB determined. The Mesa pilot had reached an intersection and spotted the runaway baggage carts rapidly approaching.
Piaggio Avanti, Eagle, Colo., Jan. 15, 2007–The pilot’s failure to maintain directional control of the Avanti on landing was the cause of the accident, according to the NTSB. The ATP-rated pilot landed on Runway 25 at Eagle County Regional Airport and as he reduced power and started to select reverse thrust, the airplane swerved and he corrected with rudder.
Eurocopter AS 350-B3, Yellow Pine, Idaho, Aug. 13, 2006–The AS 350 was destroyed and the commercial pilot and three passengers killed when the helicopter crashed 18 miles west of Yellow Pine. The helicopter was being operated by Evergreen Helicopters, of McMinnville, Ore., under contract to the U.S. Forest Service. The helicopter had flown from Krassel Helibase to take a relief fire lookout to Williams Peak lookout tower.
Sikorsky S-76A++, Eugene Island, Gulf of Mexico, Oct. 22, 2006–The Petroleum Helicopters S-76 was destroyed when it crashed into the Gulf of Mexico while landing at the offshore platform Eugene Island Block 259, in VMC. The 16,848-hour ATP-rated pilot was not injured and the 1,731-hour commercial copilot received only minor injuries.
Swearingen SA-226T, Wheeling, Ill., April 11, 2007–N125WG was substantially damaged during an aborted takeoff at Chicago Executive Airport. The ATP-rated pilot said he felt a “surge” from the left engine as he reached 75 knots on the takeoff roll. The surge continued and he could not maintain directional control. He pulled back the power and aborted the takeoff.
Bombardier CRJ, Milwaukee, Wis., April 1, 2007–Climbing out from General Mitchell International Airport (MKE) Runway 19R at 6:45 a.m., the Air Wisconsin CRJ, Flight 3714, experienced uncommanded nose-down stabilizer trim. The captain was flying. At 1,000 feet, the pilots retracted the flaps and disengaged the autopilot.